U18 Asia Games: Sunday 31 July
TEHRAN (2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship) - Here are the four games scheduled for the final day of the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
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India will try to avenge their group round loss to the Philippines and finish at seventh place — their highest since 2004. Batang Gilas, meanwhile, hope to salvage some pride and avoid falling to eighth spot, which would be their lowest since a rag-tag bunch flopped to thirteenth place in 2004.
China was ambushed in the Quarter-Finals but recovered well against the Philippines yesterday. They certainly do not want to add a second notch on the loss column, and they will try to repeat over East Asian rivals Chinese Taipei. The Taipei five, for their part, very nearly toppled mighty China in group play, and they will surely want to finish the job here.
The top two teams from Group B were both upset by their lower-seeded fellows yesterday, and they the former two will now battle it out for the lone remaining ticket to the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship in Cairo, Egypt. The U18 Cedars will try to bounce back after their worst game this tournament, while the Koreans will hope to muster some of the magic that enabled them to rally past Philippines two days ago.
These are the two hottest teams in the tournament, and it seems only right that they finish off hostilities opposite each other in the Final. Both Japan and hosts Iran have won three straight games, and it will be very interesting to see which team remains standing after what should be an exciting an entertaining championship game. Look for Tensho Sugimoto, Yudai Nishida and Keisuke Masuda to lead the Akatsuki Five, while Amirhosein Khandanpoor, and Mohammad Jafari should spearhead Team Melli’s charge.